A carpet of bluebells is such a magical sight. Pop in a couple of gorgeous little ones and it’s picture perfect! Below are the best Devon Bluebell Beauty Spots. Enjoy
And, as ever, we have made sure it’s easy to find – the last thing you need is a struggle finding out where to park. And make sure you know what to expect when you arrive. If you take any photos, we’d love to feature them too just tag us @LittleDevonMagazine or #LittleDevonLife.
Forestry England has created a True or False activity sheet all about bluebells – if you’re interested then simply download here. Taught me a fair few facts! Please be careful that children or dogs don’t trample on the bluebells or pick them as they don’t grow back and can spoil the magical carpet for others to enjoy.
📸: Thank you to Fiona French Images for the beautiful photo.
Indisputably, Blackburry Camp wins top spot for bluebell beauties. It’s a real carpet of bluebells and is gorgeous, serene and mesmerising. This ancient hill fort in spring time is our favourite and even voted in the Telegraph as one of the best bluebell walks in the country! The little paths that lead through the carpet of bluebells allow you to be right amongst them while not damaging the flowers and are lovely for little legs to wander through. There’s also space either in the shaded woodland or in the sunny perimeter of the hill fort for picnics and letting off some steam. It’s not a walk – the whole perimeter is under 600m, but it is beautiful, and if you head there with a picnic, it’s perfect. Although there are walks close by if you would like to explore. The beginning of May is generally the best time to go.
We held our first Bluebells, Picnic and Pictures Meet up there in 2022 and it was fabulous.
Buggy friendly: The main paths are buggy friendly
Dog friendly: On a lead
Parking: There is a small car park, but if full people just pull in along the road.
Address: Blackbury Camp, Southleigh, Colyton, Devon, EX24 6JE
Emsworthy Mire is Stunning. It’s near Haytor on Dartmoor and is managed by Devon Wildlife Trust. The Bluebells are generally out a bit later than elsewhere so is a great spot if you are worried you missed those at Blackburry camp. There is a walk to find these.
They say ‘there is a way-marked route around the reserve. The ground is gently sloping, but slightly rocky in places and can be wet and muddy in the winter. The Magnificent Mires project has developed a bog walk from Haytor and Emsworthy. To devise other walks which include Emsworthy nature reserve use Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL28.’
The National Trust Killerton Estate is a brilliant place for bluebell spotting along lovely walks and there are lots of different areas on the estate. Some are only accessible via the main entrance (paid) others are in the estate parkland which can either be accessed by the main entrance or using the car parking spots which are free.
Buggy friendly: Sling is best
Dog friendly: Yes – apart from in the house and garden
- The Clump Via main entrance.
Address: Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE
Parking: There is a large National Trust carpark for the main house and grounds.
- Columbjohn Woods, Nr Killerton – Lots of lovely bluebells and wild garlic with a beautiful view too.
Parking: There is a small lay-by
- Ashclyst Forest One of the largest woods in East Devon
Address: Forest Gate car park, near Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon
- Danes Wood An amazing natural playground perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and any kid at heart!
Address: Danes Wood, Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE
Parking: There is a small National Trust carpark
Holyford woods is a beautiful woodland – one of the oldest in England. There’s a good hill involved so little legs may struggle. But lots of wild garlic and, obviousl,y the gorgeous bluebells too. A (basic) map of the nature reserve can be found here.
Buggy friendly: No there is a kissing gate to start the walk which would not allow a buggy through. Some paths are also too narrow for buggies and get muddy.
Dog friendly: Under effective control at this time of year to protect ground nesting birds
Parking: The nearest postcode is EX12 2TF. No nearby car park, but you can leave your vehicle at the Seaton Down picnic site, opposite Seaton Tower garage, on Seaton Down Hill Road. Walk back to the A3052 and carefully cross the road, taking the footpath signed Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve. Walk down the field to the entrance gate into the woods.
The walk to the South West’s highest waterfall is always beautiful (with lots of great things to spot for the little ones such as log people, fairies, a giant dinosaur, bug and spider) but at this time of year it’s particularly beautiful with a host of bluebells in the woods as you ascend the 90 Victorian steps to the Victorian fern garden and Lady Exmouth waterfall.
Buggy friendly: The walk to the waterfall is not buggy friendly.
Dog friendly: On a lead
Parking: There is a big car park
Prices: Please find their day pass or annual membership prices on their website here
Address: Canonteign Falls, Christow, Nr Exeter, Devon, EX6 7RH